Rachel Robinson makes guest appearance at Dodger Stadium – Orange County Register

Rachel Robinson is three months shy of her 100th birthday. It has been 75 years since her husband, Jackie, played his first regular season game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking a ban on Black players that had persisted since the 19th century.

What he told her that morning – “I’ll be number 42, just in case you have trouble picking me out” – is cause for celebration every April 15, when every Major League Baseball player wears jersey No. 42 in Robinson’s honor.

Rachel Robinson took center stage for a moment Friday at Dodger Stadium, where she was feted in a pregame ceremony prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. Retired players Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson presented her with a jacket courtesy of the nonprofit Players’ Alliance. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts gave her a hug.

Continuing an April 15 tradition, the Dodgers’ players gathered around the Jackie Robinson statue before the game. David Robinson, Jackie and Rachel’s son, joined Manager Dave Roberts in discussing the historical significance of April 15, 1947 beyond baseball.

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